UCF College of Arts and Humanities

Data Encoder Intern

February 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked how flexible my hours were. I could tell them what I was able to work that week, and most of the time they were fine with it. It was a great experience learning how to do data encoding with XML because I had no idea how to do it before. I originally interviewed for the person who does image capture for the Samuel Johnson Project, but they saw that I could learn fast. So, I was taught data encoding, and I’ve been doing it for about a year now.

What I wish was different

I wish I had joined earlier. I was applying for jobs left and right at the time when I found this one. I found out about this through career services as it is Federal Work Study position. So they helped me with my resume and interviewing skills, and I got the job. If I had found the job earlier, I would have had more training time, but in the end, I didn’t need it.


One piece of advise I will share is that no matter what the job is you have to be quick to learn. Because I didn’t know anything about data encoding, and I was honest that I didn’t know anything about it. They said don’t worry about it. I was given an opportunity to build a skill I didn’t have, and that isn’t something that you turn down.
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